After countless years o' trying, I'm happy to report that I-Mockery has finally secured itself a table for the 2009 San Diego Comic-Con! We've been covering the convention for years and years and years and years (and years), but this is the first time our site is actually going to be a part of it. I'm not exactly sure where in the big convention center our lil' table is going to be located, but I'll be sure to bring a flare gun and fire it off every 10 minutes or so to help let everyone know exactly where we are. I'm sure the fire marshal won't have any issues with that. But yeah it's the 40th anniversary of the Comic-Con and this also just so happens to be I-Mockery's 10th official year in operation! (Alright, we've really been around for 13 years since this site was on Geocities starting way back in 1996, but I registered the I-Mockery domain and moved everything over to it in 1999 and ten years is a nice round number so let me have my celebration, ok? Ok.)
So, what does all of this mean? Well, first and foremost it means that YOU need to make some travel arrangements to come out and see us! The convention takes place in San Diego on Thursday July 23rd through Sunday July 26th. If you already registered and got a 4-day pass, you'll also be able to attend "Preview Night" on the 22nd. If you haven't purchased tickets yet, I suggest you do so ASAP because they will sell out. The 4-day and Saturday passes alone have already sold out.
I'm also happy to inform you that we're all gonna be there, not just me. Yes indeedy, Max Burbank, Protoclown and Dr. Boogie will be there with me at the table. I can't stand the thought of being around those guys for 4 days straight and I know the feeling is mutual... but these are the things we do for you, the fans. So again, you owe it to us to show up. And yes, we'll be happy to take photos with any of you guys, and I'm probably going to put Protoclown in charge of administering our "Free Convention Colonoscopy" special offer. That'll make for some great take-home photos! Don't worry, to help take your mind off of it, Dr. Boogie will thumb wrestle you while Proto does his thing. Nothing gets your mind off of a colonoscopy like a good thumb wrestling match. Words to live by.
We already have some other fun stuff planned for the convention as well. For one thing, we'll have some new merchandise for sale including an amazing poster that I can't wait to show you all. I might even print up some more of those glow-in-the-dark "Awesome" Shark t-shirts that sold out so quickly online (well except for the baby-doll size ones. Apparently very few of you are that tiny...). I'm sure I'll have plenty o' stickers and buttons on hand as well.
Another thing is I'm planning to have a playable demo or two of some of our big upcoming Flash games at the table. The 2009 Comic-Con will be the only place you'll have a chance to try out the new game(s), so there's some more incentive for you to attend (as if the rest of the convention wasn't reason enough). Still gotta figure that stuff out, but you guys are gonna absolutely love it, I promise.
By the way, for those of you who've never been, I feel I need to remind you of a very important fact: despite the misleading name, the Comic-Con has MUCH more than just comic books. True, if you're a fan of comic books, you'll be in heaven, but if you're not that into 'em, there's still PLENTY for you to do. Over the years, the convention has basically become a mega-media event. The convention center is chock full o' the latest video games for you to test out, tons of movie promotions, toys galore, incredible costumes, and some truly amazing artists as well. If anything, comics have taken a backseat to all the other crazy things going on at the convention. So yeah, the name is really misleading to some people, and that's unfortunate because they have no idea what they're missing out on.
Lastly, I want to hear what YOU would like to see from us at the 2009 Comic-Con. Do you have any merchandise requests? Is there anything you'd like to see featured at our table? Space is limited obviously, but we're looking for any suggestions you guys might have. I was hoping I could put Max in a Evil Knieval costume, set him ablaze and have him roaring through the crowds on a motorcycle to help spread the word about our site, but I'm told this wouldn't sit well with the convention officials. Guess I'll just have to scrap the motorcycle idea... but I'm not giving up on the setting him on fire part. That's still totally doable.
But seriously, we really want to hear your suggestions, so please post 'em here in the blog thread. If we like your ideas, we'll do our best to make 'em happen! It's gonna cost a fortune to do this Comic-Con thing as it is, and with the table and hotel costs, it'll be a miracle if we even break even financially. But that's not what it's about. It's about us celebrating all we've done in the past 13 years, meeting some of you guys and hopefully introducing the site to some people who never knew it even existed. It's gonna be an absolute blast.
Hope you can all find a way to make it out to San Diego for the Comic-Con... even if it's just for one day! After all, this might be the only year we're even able to do this. In the meantime, post those suggestions!
KillerMcGee on 04/09/2009 7:31 pm
I have always wanted to go, maybe I can hitch hike down to cali.
Fear N Loathing on 04/09/2009 8:01 pm
Damn RoG! Congrats on the Convention Table! Nice to see I-Mock getting exposed even more... Sorry I won't be able to make it as I'm gonna be in Iraq still, although if you let me know about a "Shark T" in 4XL that'd be great! If you make it, I'll wear it and get a photo in Baghdad wearing it at Saddams Palace! Cheers and Good Luck!
Ferrit on 04/09/2009 8:08 pm
Unless Max is willing to smuggle me in his carry-on, I won't be able to trek out to the west coast for the comic-con - but congrats on getting the table! Really looking forward to seeing this year's pic-laden article after the festivities are over. Will you be offering pickles at your table? How about prints from Strange Puppets? Vials of blood? I'm sure you'll have some cool stuff available for the masses.
King Credo on 04/09/2009 8:11 pm
I'd pay 5 dollars for Max Burbank to slap me in the face. If your fans are even half as weird as me you'll make thousands doing that. Or you can make like checklist books of all the good b-movies you'd reccomend. I have a feeling it would be the size of a phonebook.
stevetothepast on 04/09/2009 8:40 pm
pickleman action figures would be pretty pricey to make, but we can only dream.
Sebastian Kirchoff (Guest) on 04/09/2009 9:17 pm
Ah man, awesomeness! I am going to be in Southern California during that time, so maybe I will convince my uncle to drive me down to San Diego so I can see you guys!
I agree with stevetothepast about pickleman action figures. That would be awesome, but I think a Pickleman Energy Drink would be better.
Kat on 04/09/2009 11:25 pm
I feel the strong urge to bang my head against my desk and see what flies out.
It's always been a hope of mine to get a table there some day when I can finally get my graphic novels printed.
Though in the mean time, I've always wanted to experience the orgy of comic writers, top notch merchandise, and over-obsessive fans that fill the air, simply by attending.
Alas, I was never permitted to go.
But THAT MY FRIEND, is pooring salt into the wound. You guys are going to be there. And not just there, you guys are going to have your own table. A table I could walk by several times like a deranged stalker and stare at you all for minutes on end until security advises me to leave.
Regardless of my bitterness, congratulations. I cannot attend; but I want to let you know that if I could crawl on my hands and knees from Ohio all the way down to California and get in, I would.
Congratulations as well for any of the Mockers that do get to go.
Cherish the moment.
Lostmayhem on 04/10/2009 1:09 am
Hey RoG how about some i-mockery stickers and pickleman hats as some kick ass swag, my buddy and i are comin down on friday and its my first time to comic con, so on the "Free Convention Colonoscopy" please be gentle. Thats all i can think for now. Keep up the good work and ill see you guys on friday
Lostmayhem on 04/10/2009 1:19 am
Will Count Pop make an appearance? Just a thought.
Poxpower on 04/10/2009 1:20 am
Yes the new games are:
Domo-Kun's Angry SmashFest 2 ( Nintendo DS )
and a web game about the show "My Name is Earl".
We've been working on them for over a year now. They kick ass.
mburbank on 04/10/2009 6:36 am
Kredo, you show up, introduce yourself and I will completely slap you for free just for coming up with that idea.
Lothalis on 04/10/2009 6:36 am
Alas as I live in Canada and have other pressing responsibilities (trying to get back into school, marrage and fatherhood) I cannot make it down again...
It may be for the best though I have no passport so sneaking past the boarder is probably not a good idea...
However congrats on the 10 (13th) year anni! you have been making me laugh for the past 5 so thats something!!
Oh and RoG a sweet thing to bring would be actual printed copies of Pickleman the Comic...Those would fly off the booth...
King Credo on 04/10/2009 11:10 am
I'll try Max but I can't promise anything. I'd actually rather have an epic deathmatch and we can "accidentally" kill anyone we don't like in the crossfire. I call all the Captain Kirk cosplayers and people from G4!
Doctor_Who on 04/10/2009 11:54 am
Wish I could go, if for no other reason than to see the effects of firing off flares and setting motorcyclists aflame in a room full of valuable dry paper.
Hellzo on 04/10/2009 12:57 pm
you should make some pickle man dolls.
Relaxing Dragon on 04/10/2009 1:27 pm
Gah, and this is the one year when I definitely can't attend *goes to cry in the corner*
Silver on 04/10/2009 2:24 pm
This means that you will bring a lot of kickass photos to share with us.
I agree with Lothalis about the printed issues of Pickleman. Considering it is a Comic-Con (and being aware of its ample diversity), having some of those in stock may prove valuable as collector items for the Mocking Community.
bountyhunterseven on 04/11/2009 12:02 am
it would be SO worth going to meet/hang with u all!!! will make every effort!!
hisholiness on 04/11/2009 12:26 pm
Congratulations RoG!!! I'm happy for you all, I'll try my best to attend. If we can't, i hope you have one of your minions roam around and take some pics so that we may see what went down. Congrats again!
ColdFusion (Guest) on 04/11/2009 1:14 pm
never before have I wanted more to attend one o' these things ;_;
California scares the shit out of me though. Also no spare money or time off. ^_^
Rad (Guest) on 04/12/2009 1:41 pm
The World has recognized the I-Mockery! As much as I would LOVE to see you all in person, I live in Turkey and a plane ticket all the way to California (not the mention the total cost of accomodations) would cost me a fortune. Go Pickleman!!!
Brian (Guest) on 04/13/2009 1:42 pm
How about dressing up as Kefka?
AIF (Guest) on 04/14/2009 1:01 am
I think you guys should sell copies of the original Visionary Darkness. I don't think it would be too expensive.
I also like the idea of selling printed Pickleman comics.
Jer Ber on 04/14/2009 1:07 am
I want to know what Max's plans are too!
and i would totally pay 5 measy dollars to be honored with a slap from the Great Burbank
Shawn_the_Donut (Guest) on 04/14/2009 2:38 am
Why am I suddenly picturing Protoclown standing on the table with an airhorn and other obnoxious noisemakers?
Jigby Huggletinks on 04/14/2009 7:49 am
A mere five dollars couldst not dignify the glory of being slapped my the Lord Burbank. SEND THE CHURCH YOUR MONEY.
In any sense, it appears our followers are numerous here, my Lord, save for those who wish to set you ablaze. Fear not, for I know that your godly powers will cause you to arise from the ashes like so many a vicious phoenix.
Lothalis on 04/14/2009 8:51 am
Of course Proto will have all sorts of cool things like that...
He's the GODDAMN BATMAN!!!!
(where does he get all those lovely toys)
Postmark (Guest) on 04/14/2009 12:04 pm
Rog - were you at Bring Your Own Bigwheel on Easter? If so, you were on Countdown for about 1 second :)
snoogans on 04/15/2009 5:34 am
I'm comin again Rog! Keepin my tradition of attending every 2 years going:)
Although now that you've got a table I won't be able to keep the 'Managed to bump into Rog by chance in a super crowded hall' tradition going :P
MrWarranty on 04/15/2009 4:08 pm
'Bout damn time. Figures I won't be there this year, on account o' getting married.
Mr T L Wolf (Guest) on 04/16/2009 8:38 pm
Know what you could do? Make/get something for an actual Pickleman costume, and switch between pickle-hatless RoG and Pickleman, complete with polar opposite attitudes at will.
Squiggles (Guest) on 04/17/2009 2:19 am
I remember the Pickleman game. Remember, being the key word. It was due out in 2006. WTF happened to it?
Zounds on 04/17/2009 9:23 am
Well I've got but one request, to see you guys harass the good people at the Newgrounds booth, then all will be well with the world. That and a mess o photos (as if I had to ask)
Jack (Guest) on 04/20/2009 2:32 pm
You put down the link to the 06 gallery twice, and forgot one for 05.
I DEMAND A REFUND.
-RoG- on 04/20/2009 2:50 pm
Postmark, hmm, nope, can't say I was there. But I will be at SC3 this coming Saturday... best classic gaming event in Southern California!
Squiggles, we're still hoping to do something with it at some point, and we did do a different PickleMan game as you may recall.
Zounds, hehe we always hangout with the Newgrounds guys at Comic-Con. It's a tradition. Don't forget, I stole Tom's PS2 ;)
Jack, refund granted and link fixed!
LittleDollClaudia on 04/22/2009 8:46 pm
That's the best news I've heard today. I will have to take a trip to ye olde San Diego to see what mayhem unfolds.
-RoG- on 04/23/2009 1:06 am
Tickets for the event are selling really fast. Friday and Saturday are already sold out, so if any of you plan on coming Thursday and/or Wednesday, be sure to buy your Comic-Con tickets ASAP!
Red_Scare (Guest) on 04/24/2009 9:09 pm
Awesome man. I was looking for you all last year and I'm happy you'll have a table this time. I'm coming all the way from RI for this.
-RoG- on 04/25/2009 3:16 am
Glad to hear it Red_Scare, be sure to stop by and say hey. From what I'm hearing, it sounds like our table number will be A10, so it should be pretty easy to find us (pending they don't change our spot). See ya there!
Output on 04/30/2009 10:37 am
I hope you'll still take pictures and post them in your "Features" section, you do such a great job, that's the only way us keyboard pounding working stiffs get to the 'Con'.
Rad (Guest) on 05/07/2009 6:18 am
Since I can't attend, Can you guys receive an extra slap from Max Burbank for me while you here?
I-Mockery Blabber (Guest) on 05/12/2009 4:57 am
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Wolf Q. McWolfenstein (Guest) on 07/20/2009 4:43 am
Cool, I'll definetly be looking for you guys there! Been attending the Con every year since '05
If I print out the homepage of the site, will you guys sign it? (normally I'd ask if that was a strange request, but I'm sure you've gotten stranger ones!)
Also Rog...I know you didn't write it but you made some awesome contributions to it...could I get you to sign my copy of Santa vs. Satan? :-D
hmm come to think of it, maybe you DID write it but in a "Spielberg didn't OFFICIALLY direct Poltergiest" kind of way?
See you at the Con and...the best way to get people's attention? Combine the two proposed methods...
strap Burbank to a huge rocket and fire it into the air...that'll bring 'em in for sure! :-P
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